Here’s how to tell if your child has a yeast infection

Young children can get yeast infections just like adults. However, they can be difficult to spot because toddlers often can’t tell you their symptoms.

A common cause of yeast infections in young children is wearing wet diapers for extended periods of time. Urine can alter the acidity of the skin, which may allow yeast to overgrow. An imbalance of bacteria and yeast is also a cause. This can be caused by taking antibiotics.

Yeast overgrowth can cause yeast diaper rash, which can easily be confused with typical diaper rash. This article looks at the differences, other signs to look out for, and how to treat and prevent yeast infections in young children.

Yeast Infections and Diaper Rash

Yeast infections can be mistaken for diaper rash, but they’re not the same. Diaper rash is usually a patchwork of inflamed and chapped skin.

Signs that indicate a yeast infection include:

  • Dark red inflamed plaques with bumps around the edges.
  • Stimulates the front and skin folds.
  • Diaper rash cream won’t clear it up.

Are Yeast Infections in Young Children Contagious?

Yeast infections are not usually contagious, but breastfeeding can spread them. Yeast overgrowth can be passed from mother to child and vice versa.

Yeast Infections in Young Children

Yeast diaper rash can spread to other parts of the body. Yeast likes damp areas and skin folds. If you suspect a yeast infection, check your child’s:

  • armpit
  • mouth
  • neck

Changing a toddler’s diaper frequently is the best preventative measure. Also pay attention to their training pants or underwear, as they may still have accidents.


Young children can get yeast infections from wet diapers. They look different from typical diaper rashes and may spread to the armpits, mouth, or neck.

Treating Yeast Infections in Young Children

One way to treat yeast infections in young children is to use antifungal creams, such as miconazole. These creams are available over-the-counter (OTC).

If the infection is in their mouth, your pediatrician may recommend a prescription for an oral antifungal such as fluconazole. It’s called thrush.

Generally, yeast infections improve within two weeks of starting treatment. You can speed up your child’s recovery by cutting back on sugar because yeast feeds on sugar. Adding more vegetables to meals may also help.

Some people use yogurt to treat yeast infections. Still, it’s best to avoid putting yogurt on a toddler’s rash because it contains sugar.

Instead, consider adding probiotics to your toddler’s diet through Greek yogurt. It’s low in sugar and rich in probiotics, so it can boost yeast-killing bacteria.

Do not treat your child with suppositories unless directed by a healthcare provider. Always consult a provider before attempting treatment on an infant or young child.

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When to see a healthcare provider

Usually, yeast infections resolve within two weeks of starting treatment. If your child lasts longer, take them to see a health care provider.

Your child needs immediate medical attention if they:

  • The rash spreads quickly to the diaper area
  • frequent yeast infections
  • pus or fluid from a lump or red patch of skin


Yeast infections in young children can be treated with antifungal creams or oral medications. Less sugar and more vegetables in their diet can clear it more quickly. Feed them Greek yogurt, but don’t put it on the rash. Get medical help with treatment for a rash that lasts more than two weeks.


You can prevent yeast infections in young children with a few simple changes.

  • Give them more diaper-changing and diaper-free time.
  • After each diaper change, wash their buttocks with mild soap and pat them dry with a clean towel.
  • Sterilize nipples and nipples with hot water after each use to kill fungus and prevent thrush.

Common rashes in children


A yeast infection in young children looks different from a typical diaper rash. They may also spread to other moist areas or skin folds.

Treatment may include antifungal creams or oral medications. Eating less sugar and more vegetables and Greek yogurt may also help.

Get medical help if it doesn’t clear or if other symptoms develop. Frequent diaper changes, washing and drying their bottoms, and sterilizing pacifiers and nipples can help prevent yeast infections.

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Toddlers with yeast infections can worry you. Rest assured, they are easy to treat. Don’t hesitate to call your pediatrician or other healthcare provider. They can help you identify yeast infections and the right way to treat and prevent them.

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